Blinkered Views risky punt against St Mirren


In his Bookies Corner article for the current issue of CQN Magazine, columnist, Blinkered Views, suggested St Mirren offered good value for a punt on relegation.  I spoke to him when he submitted the article and suggested, “Surely Dunfermline?”  He agreed Dunfermline were most likely for the drop but they offered no value.  St Mirren, on the other hand, were 9/1 for the drop and he made a good case why this was worth a bet.

St Mirren promptly spoiled Christmas for thousands (not your or me) by coming from behind to beat Rangers but that has been their only win in 8 league games.  We also don’t need to be reminded that when visiting St Mirren Park, form is a poor guide.  Celtic exited the Scottish Cup there a week after beating Saints 7-0 at Celtic Park.  They are a team who can raise their game for the big occasion and the visit of Celtic, live on TV, is as big as it gets around Paisley.

Paddy McCourt has enjoyed his visits there and has been key to Celtic collecting the points a couple of times.  Don’t be surprised if he makes a match winning appearance from the bench.

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  1. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

    EWO – JC , I think is from Galashiels.


    See what you mean about Bellshill, very high proportion of hun pubs, Franklyns is usually the safest bet for us.

  2. Wet & Windy @ St Mirren.


    Another start for Sammy? Or James Forrest back in on left hand side.



    should get team news shortly….decisions & big ones for neil.

  3. starry plough @10 53.



    That mighty voice will live on —— a legacy of over 50 plus 45’s.



    I reckon I have played — Loving You More Everyday [Argo] —at least once a week for @ 45 years.



    Crap , 3rd World Broadband means I can’t You Tube link it —



    Can you ? Could You ? ——Please /Please /Please ?

  4. Would love to see us set up like this today



























  5. Eyes Wide Open –



    John Collins is a native of Galashiels.



    Bellshill is famous for such football luminaries as Billy McNeill and Matt Busby.



    Haven’t been there for a while, but for years there was a pub near Bellshill cross called the Old Drum. It was a real Rangers/Loyalist pub. They always used to put loyalists up when they were over for the big July walks.



    In the early 60s, the local Bellshill CSC was called the John F Kennedy CSC. After his assassination, the Old Drum RSC changed its name to the Lee Harvey Oswald RSC. I kid you not.



    Summa of Sammi is a Bellshill man and might have more up to date info.

  6. Brazil legend Pele says Barcelona’s Argentina star Lionel Messi has a long way to go to be considered his rival as the greatest player of all time.



    Messi, 24, has won Fifa’s Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world for a third successive year.



    But Pele thinks he needs to improve for Argentina and score more goals.



    He’s a great player for Barcelona, but when he plays for Argentina he doesn’t have the same success


    Pele on Messi



    “When Messi’s scored 1,283 goals like me, when he’s won three World Cups, we’ll talk about it,” Pele told French newspaper Le Monde.



    Messi has won the Champions League three times with Barcelona, as well as five league Spanish league titles.



    But his only triumph with the national team was at the 2008 Olympics – while Pele’s Brazil won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970.



    The 71-year-old said: “I like Messi a lot, he’s a great player. Technically, we’re practically at the same level.



    “He’s a great player for Barcelona, but when he plays for Argentina he doesn’t have the same success.



    “People always ask me: ‘When is the new Pele going to be born?’ Never. My father and mother have closed the factory.”




    (Now if I was to Awe_Naw this I would put a reference to John Fleck in there somewhere.)

  7. .






    I’m from North Road ML4..as in North Road Derry Infamy..



    My Two Mates Own “The Crown” they Probably go there..



    Saints and Sinners of Franklyns (Now owned by Mortimer tho) are the Celtic Pubs..




  8. When Jimmy Mc.Grory’s autobiography was published, I decided to buy a copy for my father in law.



    Although he was then back living in Donegal, he had followed CEltic and Jimmy during the years he worked in Scotland.



    I bought the book at the CEltic Shop at CP. It was situated in what is now the Pools Office, I think.



    Anyway, as I was heading back to my car, who emerged from the Park, but Mr. Mc.Grory.



    Too good a chance to miss, I ask him if he would sign a dedication.



    He graciously obliged and the sense of humility about the man was palpable. You would have thought that I was doing him a favour!





    Like Jobo and Gordon64, I sprnt a very pleasant evening on BBC4 last night.



    The programmes on Paul Simon were a musical treat.



    From 1969 to 2011, the content was as fresh and vibrant as in the days of my youth.



    I don’t think the 20th century produced a finer poet/musician the PS.



    Pure joy, washed down with Jameson.

  9. South Of Tunis says:


    21 January, 2012 at 11:09



    You must have some record collection way down South there!¨



    Thanks RRC…



    Feeding time at the Starry Madhoose:::

  10. Daniel Fergus McCann on

    Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon,



    I think it was a virus that kept him out last week, a nice wee break for James over the last couple of weeks allowing wee niggles to clear up. If he starts I will be delighted,if he is a sub I will also be delighted.

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  12. Summa of Sammi –



    Is the pub that is/was the Old Drum still there, and if so, does it have another name?

  13. CQN Saturday Naps Competition – Week 23 Standings



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  14. thomthethim says:


    21 January, 2012 at 11:21




    ‘Like Jobo and Gordon64, I sprnt a very pleasant evening on BBC4 last night.’





    The Ken Russell film on Elgar from the early 60s was on last night as well. Well worth a watch.

  15. for those on route to renfrewshire, the sun has just came out, but its awfy blowy.



    speaking to two saint mirren fans yesterday in the work, they were not looking forward to this game at all, allthough with mcgowan and carey they think there is allways a chance.



    payback please celtic



    4-0 to the good ghuys please.




  16. Summa of Sammi –



    The Berkley Club doesn’t ring any bells mate.



    I remember Franklins though.

  17. polishturnstileAnthony R. Hamilton







    #Celtic subs: Zaluska, K Wilson, Matthews, Commons, Stokes, McGeouch & Izaguirre

  18. Tom McLaughlin says:


    21 January, 2012 at 11:16



    They really are pathetic excuses for human beings arent they!






    Are the Celtic pubs safe enough when the huns are at home and they are playing host to a bunch of loyalists?


    they dont feel the need to impress their guests by targetting a fenian?